Gardner Flint Minshew II (born May 16, 1996) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at East Carolina, before transferring to Washington State, and was drafted by the Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Following an injury to starter Nick Foles in the first game of the 2019 season, Minshew took over starting duties for the team, but resumed the backup position once Foles returned until being named the starter again following Foles had struggled.
|No. 15 – Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Born:||May 16, 1996|
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Brandon (Brandon, Mississippi)|
|NFL Draft:||2019 / Round: 6 / Pick: 178|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019|
|Player stats at PFR|
High school career
Minshew attended Brandon High School in Brandon, Mississippi where he played quarterback for the Brandon Bulldogs from 2011–2014. He played sparingly during his freshman year, but he became the starting quarterback his sophomore year, a job he kept through his senior year. During his sophomore year in 2012, he led the Bulldogs to the 6A Mississippi Championship game, where the Bulldogs lost, 23–31. Minshew led the Bulldogs to a South 6A championship his senior year in 2014. He was rated as a three-star prospect and the 70th-best pro-style quarterback in his class coming out of high school by the 247Sports.com Composite, which aggregates the ratings of the major recruiting services. Minshew committed to play football at Troy University, in Troy, Alabama in December 2014. He graduated from high school early and attended school at Troy on an academic scholarship for a semester before deciding to transfer to Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Minshew began his college football career in 2015 at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He led the team to the NJCAA National Football Championship, passing for 3,228 yards with a 60.8% completion percentage.
Minshew transferred to East Carolina University in 2016 where he played in seven games while starting two at QB for the Pirates. In 2017, he split time with Duke University transfer Thomas Sirk as East Carolina's quarterback. Minshew began to show his talents late in the season by passing for over 350 yards in 3 consecutive games (463 yards and 3 touchdowns against Houston, 444 yards and 4 touchdowns against Cincinnati and 351 yards against Memphis). Minshew finished the year with 2140 yards passing and 16 touchdowns for the Pirates. Minshew received his bachelor's degree from East Carolina University in December 2017.
Minshew enrolled as a graduate student at Washington State in the fall of 2018. He became immediately eligible under the NCAA's graduate transfer rules.
Minshew helped lead Washington State to a school-record-breaking 11 wins in 2018. In his third game as the school's starting quarterback, he passed for a career high 470 yards and a school record 78.9% completion rate in a 59–24 victory over Eastern Washington. On November 17, he threw for 473 passing yards and broke another school record with seven passing touchdowns against Arizona. At the end of the 2018 regular season, Minshew led FBS in pass completions (433), pass attempts (613), passing yards per game (367.6) was second in passing yards (4,477) and finished in the top five with 38 touchdowns. During Washington State's Alamo Bowl win over Iowa State, Minshew claimed the Pac-12 single season record for most passing yards, a record previously held by Jared Goff.
Minshew was awarded the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as the nation's top senior- or fourth-year quarterback. He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year for 2018, joining Rueben Mayes (1984 and 1985), Steve Broussard (1989), Drew Bledsoe (1992), Ryan Leaf (1997), and Jason Gesser (2002) as the only Washington State offensive players to win the award since it began in 1975. Minshew finished fifth in voting for the Heisman Trophy, becoming the ninth player in Washington State history to place in the top 10 for the award, and the highest WSU finisher since Ryan Leaf, who was third in Heisman voting in 1997.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||Wonderlic|
|6 ft 0 7⁄8 in
|31 3⁄4 in
|10 1⁄8 in
|4.97 s||4.45 s||7.14 s||33.5 in
|9 ft 8 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
On September 8, 2019, Minshew made his NFL debut against the Kansas City Chiefs when starter Nick Foles was taken out of the game due to a shoulder injury. He completed 22 of 25 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the 40–26 loss. Minshew's pass completion percentage of 88% is the highest of any player making his debut in NFL history (minimum 15 pass attempts, since at least 1950), and also the highest single-game pass completion percentage in Jaguars history. Minshew was named the starter going forward after it was revealed that Foles had suffered a broken clavicle. During Week 2 against the Houston Texans, Minshew finished with 213 passing yards and a touchdown along with 56 rushing yards as the Jaguars lost 13–12.  In Week 3, against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football, he earned his first victory as a professional. He passed for 204 yards and two touchdowns in the 20–7 victory. In Week 4, against the Denver Broncos, he passed for 213 yards and two touchdowns in the 26–24 victory. Late in the game, he engineered a drive that helped set up the Jaguars' game-winning field goal by Josh Lambo. During Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, Minshew finished with 374 passing yards and two touchdowns as the Jaguars lost 27–34.  After a Week 6 loss to the New Orleans Saints and a Week 7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, he had 279 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in a 29–15 victory over the New York Jets. During Week 9 against the Texans at Wembley Stadium, Minshew finished with 309 passing yards and 2 interceptions as the Jaguars lost 3–26. Days later, it was announced that Minshew would resume the backup role after Foles returned from his collar bone injury. In week 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minshew was reinserted into the starting lineup in the second half after Foles was benched due to poor performance. In the game, Minshew threw for 147 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the 28–11 loss.  After the game, Jaguars' head coach Doug Marrone stated that Minshew would be the starting quarterback for the upcoming game. In Week 15 against the Oakland Raiders, Minshew threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns to wide receiver Chris Conley, both of which occurred with five or less minutes in the game, as the Jaguars recovered from a 16–3 deficit to win the game 20–16. In Week 17 against the Indianapolis Colts, Minshew threw for 295 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during the 38–20 win.  Overall, he appeared in 14 games and recorded 3,271 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns, and six interceptions to go along with 67 carries for 344 rushing yards in his rookie season.
Jaguars franchise records
- Completions: 285
- Completion percentage (minimum 2 starts): 60.6%
- Passing yards: 3,271
- Passing touchdowns: 21
- Fewest interceptions (minimum 3 starts): 6
- Touchdown percentage: 4.5%
- Interception percentage (minimum 2 starts): 1.3%
- Passer rating: 91.2
- Yards per game: 233.6
- Wins: 6
- 4th quarter comebacks: 3
- Game winning drives: 3
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